With course scheduling right around the corner, many students are starting to think about what classes they want to take next year. The 2018-19 Program of Studies, which was released online on January 17, appears relatively similar to last year’s, however it does include a few changes.
One of the most prominent changes of the course catalog is the introduction of “The Living Earth.” The new science course, according to the catalog, will be laboratory-based, integrating biology and Earth sciences to “meet the expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards.” The full-year course will be open to 9th grade students only and include level 1,2, and 3 options.
Another exciting addition to next year’s course catalog is the “Mathematics of Sports and Game Theory.” The new mathematics course will be only one semester long and open to all 12th grade students. According to the catalog, “Students will apply laws of probability, statistics and game theory through the models of well-known games and sports.” Students as well as faculty members seem to be interested in the new course. “Any opportunity for students to learn how mathematics is applied to real life situations is valuable,” says math teacher Mr. Peters, “it presents opportunities to look at math applications that aren’t covered in more traditional math classes.”
Starting next year, students can also take the new business course entitled “Principles of Financial Accounting, Business Management.” The course will focus on “the study of the basic principles and procedures of the accounting process as they relate to the recording, measurement and communication of the business entity’s financial data.” This full-year course will offer one credit and will be open to students in grades 10, 11 and 12. Of the new courses, business teacher Mr. Balestriere stated,” The accounting class gives students an incentive because it now offers college credit. If students choose a business major this is exactly what will be taught in college. As for the new business management course, students will have practical skills and exposure to a potential occupation.”
Next year students can also participate in the new “Civic and Global Engagement Pathway.” If students complete seven credits in globally focused courses, including social studies and world language courses, and they participate in an internationally themed club, they will have the opportunity to complete a Global Learning Project and receive a Global Engagement Certificate from the State of Connecticut. Taking any of the Journalism courses can fulfill this pathway as well, and Journalism 1 has now been moved to the elective scale. Department head of social studies, Mr. Cesare said, “This is an excellent opportunity for students to engage in this pathway to be more competitive when applying to colleges and universities. This pathway offers a wide range of courses.” For more information on the new pathway, The Program of Studies details more specific information on its requirements and benefits.
With a variety of exciting courses and opportunities coming to next year’s course catalog, it is important to stay smart when choosing classes. According to guidance counselor, Mrs. Jacobsen, students should “choose wisely, do research, and read the Program of Studies.” She also emphasizes that students should “challenge themselves and try something new.” In order to help students pick electives, the guidance department has scheduled an elective fair on Tuesday, Feb. 6th during period 4 for students to see some of the choices available for electives with yearbook, auto tech, visual and performing arts, music, nursing ( CNA), family and consumer sciences, business, and physical education classes. Teachers will be available to answer questions during this time. Assemblies on course scheduling will be on February 5th and 7th, and the actual scheduling will take place on February 13th and 14th. For any students that wish to explore course offerings for next year, the 2018-19 Program of Studies can be accessed on the Milford Public Schools website.
Link to Program of Studies-